Just like experiencing the core of Atlanta, there’s so much to explore within the city’s nearby area.
Decatur is an in-town suburb in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, a tranquil escape from the big city’s downtown traffic and noise. It has a wide range of bars, nightlife spots, and restaurants.
Hot spots in Decatur
Watershed Restaurant on West Ponce de Leon Avenue is owned by Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers and has received much acclaim since being established in 1998. The restaurant specializes in seasonal southern cooking with dishes like creamy stone-ground shrimp grits, southern table salmon croquettes, fried chicken, and onion braised pork shoulder with whipped rutabagas and slowly simmered cabbage.
The dishes at Watershed are all prepared for the height of care, paying special attention to its quality ingredients and presentation. The meatloaf served up with mashed potatoes is divine, as is the barbecue chicken. Portions are generous, and the service is quick. The atmosphere is chic, and the food has a sophisticated, southern flare.
Order a glass of wine or a specialty cocktail from the bar. If you’re up for a spicy drink, the hot pink lemonade is a must, or if you’re in the mood for a sweeter fresh drink, try the Farmer’s Margarita.
Decatur is also home to Decatur CD on West Ponce de Leon Avenue, just down the street from Watershed. You can browse through the store’s large collection of vinyl records and CDs from a variety of artists, or come listen to a band play live at the store.
Brick Store Pub
Brick Store Pub in downtown Decatur is also a must-see, drink, and experience. It’s a beer lover’s paradise. The pub is a self-proclaimed “neighborhood pub where conversation dominates, pints are served properly and in the appropriate glassware, service is friendly and knowledgeable and the food is made from scratch every day, all accented by a beautiful historic building located on a bustling town square.” And, in a nutshell, it’s exactly that.
Visit the large bar area downstairs, which carries local, regional, and nationally acclaimed American craft beers, German and English specialty beers, and vintage and reserve bottled beer list. A craft beer bar at heart, the pub rotates a carefully chosen array of 17 draughts and 75 bottled beers. Venture upstairs to the Belgian Beer Bar where you’ll find 8 rotating draughts and over 120 Belgian/Belgian-style bottled beers.
A Druid Hills experience
Druid Hills is a neighborhood east of Midtown, Atlanta, which is home to Emory University. Druid Hills contains perhaps one of the best family-owned bakeries in the area, too, Bagel Palace Deli and Bakery.
Bagel Palace Deli and Bakery
Known for their New York-style bagels, extensive breakfast menu, Bagel Palace Deli and Bakery serves up a wide range of foods to please any palate. They have matzoh ball soup, Nova, pastrami, corned beef, pancakes, challah French toast, potato latkes, omelets galore, and several cases of desserts, pastries, and cookies.
Everything is homemade and fresh, and it has a special touch of authenticity, from the bagels to the matzoh ball soup to the gingerbread men. Visiting Bagel Palace Deli and Bakery should be on your list for a taste of Atlanta’s outskirts.
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